Governor Quinn Announces over $12 Million for Parks and Open Space in Illinois

Chris McCloud
Governor Quinn Announces over $12 Million for Parks and Open Space in Illinois
CHICAGO � June 23, 2012.  Governor Pat Quinn today announced $12.3 million to help communities build and improve parks. The Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development grant program (OSLAD) increases green space and provides more opportunities for outdoor recreation. The 42 projects announced today are expected to create more than 200 jobs statewide.

�Parks and green space within our communities are important to improving the quality of life for Illinois residents,� Governor Quinn said. �These grants will help make sure that families are able to spend time outdoors enjoying nature, especially in urban areas.�

The projects announced today will involve developing and constructing new parks and facilities such as picnic shelters and boat ramps. In some instances, funding will enable communities to purchase land to be used for future green space.

This year, the OSLAD program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), is funding 39 park projects throughout Illinois. Three additional projects announced today are receiving federal funding through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provides matching grants to states and local governments to help acquire land.

�OSLAD grants are vital to communities in many ways and meet a core IDNR priority of leaving no child inside,� said IDNR Director Marc Miller. �These grants create jobs, help make local communities even more attractive to other potential businesses and residents, and provide important outdoor recreation opportunities to citizens and visitors alike.�

Grant recipients are responsible for contributing at least half of the total project cost. The $12.3 million awarded statewide this year combined with the grantees� share will result in more than $26.4 million of local acquisition and development projects to enhance the quality of life in Illinois.

The OSLAD program is funded through the Real Estate Transfer Tax, which is part of every property sale in Illinois. These projects demonstrate an investment on the part of local units of government to enhance the quality of life for residents, which attracts business growth and job creation locally.

The OSLAD program began in 1986 and, not including today�s projects, has provided approximately $352 million for 1,557 local agency park projects.

A list of 2012 OSLAD projects is below:

(D) Development Projects
(A) Acquisition Projects

(D) ADDISON PARK DISTRICT (DuPage County) $359,100.00, to redevelop Community Park off East Oak Street.  Phase I includes renovating/relocating 2 lighted softball/baseball fields, replacing inefficient field lights to reduce energy consumption and light pollution, adding basketball, shuffleboard, bocce, horseshoes and exercise stations, replacing outdated non-compliant play structures and adding a trail connection to a regional trail. The project includes water quality improvements and planting of native low maintenance vegetation. (Contact: Mark McKinnon, 630-833-0100)

(D) ARLINGTON HEIGHTS PARK DISTRICT (Cook County) $400,000.00, to renovate Frontier Park on Palatine Road.  The project includes new playground equipment, a large group shelter, new tennis and basketball courts, an accessible looped path system including an interpretive native tree walk, new youth ballfields and a new grid field for lacrosse/soccer/football, relocation of existing garden plots, creation of a bio-swale to filter parking lot run-off and installation of new "green" security lighting. (Contact: Steve Scholten, 847-577-3005)

(D) ASHTON, VILLAGE OF (Lee County) $117,500.00, in cooperation with Ashton School and the Blum Foundation, the Village of Ashton will construct a splash pad and restrooms near the existing school playground.  Landscaping with native Illinois grasses will complement the splash pad design concept.  (Contact: John Martinez, 815-453-2241)

(D) BREESE, CITY OF (Clinton County) $175,900.00, to develop spray and splash garden devices that will occupy and entertain children from all ages and abilities. As a complement to our existing pool, the gardens will contain a zero entry baby and toddler wading area and a multitude of water cannons, buckets and spray hoses.  (Contact: Charles Hilmes, 618-526-7731)

(D) BUFFALO GROVE PARK DISTRICT (Cook County) $394,500.00, to address safety issues and provide new recreation opportunities at Kilmer Park on Dundee Road.  The project includes  a basketball court, skateboard street elements, football/soccer/lacrosse field, baseball field reorientation, a picnic shelter, fitness trail, multi-age playground, tennis courts and a bioswale.  (Contact:  Dan Schimmel, 847-850-2100)

(D) BURBANK PARK DISTRICT (Cook County) $400,000.00, to redevelop Fitzgerald Park  in eastern Burbank. This project will showcase an adventure playground with many unique play experiences such as a zip line, custom climbing tower and a poured-in-place wave climbing wall with a custom slide.  (Contact: Bill Olsen, 708-599-2070)

(D) BUTTERFIELD PARK DISTRICT (DuPage County) $359,000.00, to redevelop Hoffman Park in southwest Lombard.  New amenities include a children�s music sensory playground with shade structure, a sled hill, multi-purpose athletic field (soccer/football/lacrosse), softball/baseball field, court games (in-line hockey and full court basketball) and a multi-generational family gaming area. (Contact: Dave Harris, 630-858-2229)

(D) CAROL STREAM PARK DISTRICT (DuPage County) $388,000.00, to renovate McCaslin Park on North Avenue.  Phase II development includes a cricket pitch area, looped path system with connection to adjacent trails, splash pad, inter-generational yard game area with shade structures, baggo courts & game tables, group picnic shelter, sand volleyball court, accessible fishing structure, a new playground within the ballfield complex and native tree landscape plantings with interpretive signs. (Contact: Arnie Biondo, 630-784-6150)

(D) CHAMPAIGN PARK DISTRICT (Champaign County) $400,000.00, to further develop Boulder Ridge Park at Staley Road and Boulder Ridge Drive. Phase II development includes a skate area, ballfield backstop and soccer goals, an extension of the trail system, benches, landscaping and interpretive signs.  (Bobbie Herakovich, 217-398-2550)

(D) CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT (Cook County) $1,100,000.00, to renovate Columbus Park on Central Avenue in the Austin community area of Chicago.  The project includes the construction of an artificial turf baseball field, artificial turf soccer/football field, restoration of two grass baseball/softball fields, installation of lighting for the artificial fields, stormwater enhancements and tree planting.  (Contact: Stephanie Gibbons, 312-742-4744)

(A) COLUMBIA, CITY OF (Monroe County) $240,000.00, to acquire the existing 17 acre American Legion Fields property.  The site is improved with eleven baseball fields, a pavilion, concession stand, maintenance building and restrooms.  (Contact: Kevin Hutchinson, 618-281-7144)

(A)COOK COUNTY, FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT OF (Cook County) $502,000.00, to acquire two acres adjacent to Wolf Road Prairie in the Hickory Lane Estates subdivision near the Village of Westchester.  The two acres add a critical barrier for the site and will protect the continuing integrity and biological richness of Wolf Road Prairie. Future development includes interpretive trail.  (Contact: Arnold Randall, 708-771-1510)

(D) COUNTRYSIDE, CITY OF (Cook County) $199,900.00, to develop Triangle Area Park on Peck Avenue.  The City will develop a passive park which will include rain gardens, picnic tables, fencing, walking path, a playground, drinking fountain and a small gazebo/sitting area with brick pavers. (Contact: Edward Krzeminski, 708-354-7270)

(D) COWDEN, VILLAGE OF (Shelby County) $20,000.00, to construct a new playground area in Cowden Community Park.  It replaces an old playground which is not ADA compliant. (Contact: Loren Barnes, 217-783-6326)

(C) CRAWFORD COUNTY (Crawford County) $130,000.00, for Phase II development of Schmidt Park between Oblong and Stoy. The project includes a nature center, asphalt entrance into the parking lot and completion of a walking path.  (Contact: Joe Bliss, 618-569-3150)

(D) DIETERICH, VILLAGE OF (Effingham County) $34,600.00, to develop North Pointe Estates Park.  Amenities include a playground, pavilion, benches and picnic tables and landscaping.   (Contact: Burl Griffith, 217-925-5410)

(D) ELMWOOD PARK, THE VILLAGE OF (Cook County) $163,100.00, to develop a 0.86 acre site on 76th and Armitage.  Amenities include raised garden beds, a game court (bocce/shuffleboard), game tables, an interpretive path with signs and fitness stations and a parking area.  (Contact: Peter Silvestri, 708-452-7300)

(D) EVANSTON, CITY OF (COOK COUNTY) $400,000, to renovate the 4.5 acre Centennial Park Lagoon.  The project includes upgrades to the plumbing and basin systems, reconstruction of the stone waterfall, replacement of pavement and lighting, new site furnishings and enhanced landscaping. (Contact: Wally Bobkiewcz, 847/866-2936)

(D) FORD HEIGHTS, VILLAGE OF (Cook County) $250,000.00, for the initial development of Lexington Park north of Route 30.  Facilities include basketball courts, a concession stand, a football field, baseball fields, tennis courts and a parking area. (Contact: Mayor Charles Griffin, 708-758-3131)

(D) FOX VALLEY PARK DISTRICT (Kane County) $217,200.00, to develop South River Street Park adjacent to the Fox River and the VL Gilman Trail in downtown Aurora.  Facilities include a boat ramp/dock, fishing stations, a shelter, bio-swale, habitat restoration and interpretive signs. The project also includes a trail link between the Fox River Trail and the Gilman Trail. (Contact: Nancy McCaul, 630-897-0516)

(D) GALENA, CITY OF (Jo Daviess County) $73,900.00, to develop Galena Gateway Park on U.S. Route 20.  The city will create a passive public use site with access, parking, restrooms, interpretive signage and hiking trails. (Contact: Mark Moran, 815-777-1050)

(D) GENEVA PARK DISTRICT (Kane County) $325,400.00, to develop an interpretive playground with a conservation education theme at Peck Farm Park on Kaneville Road.(Contact: Sheavoun Lambillotte, 630-232-4542)

(D) GLENWOOD, VILLAGE OF (Cook County) $400,000.00, to redevelop Hickory Glen Park on 192nd Street.  The project includes a playground, basketball courts, a football field, tennis court, sand volleyball court, pavilion, walking trails, solar lighting and grills.(Contact: Kerry Durkin, 708-753-2400)

(D) GRAYSLAKE PARK DISTRICT (Lake County) $105,000.00, to renovate Cullen Park on Glen Street.  The project includes an upgrade of the existing basketball court and replacement of the play equipment.  A new picnic shelter and baggo court will be installed.  (Contact: Jeffrey Nehila, 847-223-7529)

(A) JOLIET PARK DISTRICT (Kendall County) $542,200.00, to acquire 108.80 acres on Grove Road in Kendall County.  Future development includes baseball and soccer fields, walking paths and environmental education features along the paths.  The Wikaduke Trail will also run through the property. (Contact: Dominic Egizio, 815-207-6395)

(A) KANE COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, $750,000.00, to acquire 142.5 acres along Bowes Creek in north central Kane County.  Future development includes interpretive trail and wetland, stream and prairie restoration.  A parking area will also be constructed.(Contact: Monica Meyers, 630-232-5980)

(D) LAKE BARRINGTON, VILLAGE OF (Lake County) $297,200.00, to develop Freier Farm Park on Kelsey Road.  The project includes a community garden space, shelter, an open lawn gathering space which will serve as an ice rink in the winter, a council pit fire ring, new sledding hill, interpretive trails, prairie restoration and wetland interpretation boardwalk, an area for horseshoes and baggo and trail connections to the future Lake County Regional Trail System.  (Contact: Christopher Martin, 847-381-6010)

(D) LASALLE, CITY OF (LaSalle County) $400,000.00, for the Phase II development of LaSalle Rotary Park, located on 5th Road in LaSalle. The project includes a baseball field, two baggo courts, a picnic pavilion, an extension to the Phase I dual lane bike and hike trails that will create a looped trail, additional parking facilities and landscaping. (Contact: Jeff Grove, 815-223-3755)

(D) LILY LAKE, VILLAGE OF (Kane County) $22,000.00, to develop Simon Anderson Park on Empire Road.  Amenities include a walking trail and pavilion.  (Contact: Jesse Heffernan, 630-365-9677)

(D) NEW BURNSIDE, VILLAGE OF (Johnson County) $5,800.00, to install new playground equipment at the village�s only park site. (Contact: Judy Mayhew, 618-777-2878)

(D) OAK LAWN PARK DISTRICT (Cook County) $200,000.00, to restore the Chicago Ridge Prairie, a 12.8-acre Illinois State Nature Preserve.  The site is home to the state threatened White Lady Slipper Orchid and numerous rare insect species. The original prairie wetland topography and soil conditions will be re-established and interpretive trails and a shelter will be developed.(Contact: Maddie Kelly, 708-857-2225)

(D) OAK PARK, PARK DISTRICT OF (Cook County) $400,000.00, to renovate Lindberg Park on Greenfield Street. Improvements include a new park shelter, renovation of the tennis courts and ballfields, development of a looped trail system, replacement of playground equipment, creation of a dedicated field solely for soccer-lacrosse play and an educational native plant area. (Contact: Gary Balling, 708-725-2020)

(D) OAKBROOK TERRACE PARK DISTRICT (DuPage County) $311,000.00, to redevelop Dorothy Drennon Park in the southwest portion of Oakbrook Terrace.  The project includes a �green� roof shelter, playground, walking trail, restored wetland habitat with interpretive signage, and a permeable parking lot with native plantings and a bioswale. (Contact: Laura Barron, 630-627-6100)

(D) PALOS HEIGHTS, CITY OF (Cook County) $149,200.00, to renovate Community Park on 119th Street.  Development includes a new playground, shelter, 9-hole disc golf, two baggo game courts and a horseshoe court, three fitness stations, seating and picnic opportunities, a woodland educational area with interpretive signage and enhanced landscaping. (Contact: Mike Leonard, 708-361-1807)

(A) PEORIA PARK DISTRICT (Peoria County) $393,700.00, to acquire the 49.2 Mossville Soccer site off Route 29.  The site will be used for soccer programming. (Contact: Bonnie Noble, 309-682-1200)

(D) ROCKFORD PARK DISTRICT (Winnebago County) $400,000.00, to develop the Alpine Hills Activity Center at State Street and Alpine Road.  Development includes a winter activity center and family golf course. (Contact: Tim Dimke, 815-987-8800)

(D) SHOREWOOD, VILLAGE OF (Will County) $214,600.00, to develop Westshore Park along the west bank of the DuPage River.  The project includes a new unique fish and river themed play environment, sand volleyball court, splash pad, 1/8 mile of trail with rest nodes, a fishing station with interpretive kiosk, picnic shelter, site furnishings, horseshoe pits, baggo courts, outdoor grills and native and landscaping. (Contact: Roger Barrowman, 815-725-2150)

(D) SPRINGFIELD PARK DISTRICT (Sangamon County) $236,700.00, to develop Barker Park in Franklin Park Estates. Phase I development includes site grading, seeding, construction of a pond and fishing pier, construction of berms and bioswales/natural areas, a playground, shelter, 2 dog runs for large and small dogs, a path system and tree planting.(Contact: Michael Stratton, 217-544-1751)

(D) ST. CHARLES PARK DISTRICT (Kane County) $137,500.00, to develop Belgium Town Park off 9th Street.  The project includes a shelter, playground, a multi-use play field, paths, small parking lot, creek stabilization and the District�s first pickleball court. (Contact: Ray Ochromowicz, 630-584-1055)

(D) URBANA PARK DISTRICT (Champaign County) $400,000.00, to replace Crystal Lake Pool with the Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center on North Broadway Avenue.  The facility will include zero-depth entry, an 8 lane lap pool, 3 season sprayground, flume slide/bowl slide, sand play area, tot area, picnic areas/concessions, in water playground, diving board and a family changing area. (Contact: Vicki J. Mayes, 217-367-1536)

(D) VILLA PARK, VILLAGE OF (DuPage County) $239,600.00, to develop the Iowa Community Center Skatepark on North Addison Road.  The project also includes a new playground, baggo and bocce courts and an innovative educational resource learning area for the existing day camp community. (Contact: Richard Keehner Jr., 630-834-8500)

(D) WEST CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT (DuPage County) $100,000.00, to develop Easton Park on East Washington Street. The project will provide a looped woodland trail and obstacle course with log balance beams and stump steppers that will be built from fallen trees, traditional playground equipment with boulder edging, a boardwalk trail section, fishing station, shoreline stabilization and landscaping, site furniture, interpretive signage, a small pavilion and a link to the Illinois Prairie Path. (Contact: Gary Major, 630-231-9474)

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